January 21

News for the Week of 1/20/20



On Saturday, January 18th, I had the pleasure of supporting our very own Christion Jordan at the Cobb County District Spelling Bee! As the winner of  Pitner’s 4th/5th grade Spelling Bee, he represented us well…WAY TO GO!!!!!

Grammar: For the next two weeks, we will learn the order of adjectives; please see the correct order below:

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Writing: We are continuing to focus on informational writing. Students will be completing their first informational writing piece this week as we take it through the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. In addition, all 4th graders will be working on their State Project (all done in school). It will be due on February 14th.

Reading: Continue our lessons on text structure of non-fiction text – how is the passage/book written.  

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Also, don’t forget that your child’s Book Quilt Project will be due on February 10th. The directions, rubric, and the large white construction paper were sent home last week. Everyone has checked out an approved book and should be reading every night in order to complete the project. It will be used as a reading test grade. Have fun and be creative!

Science: We will wrap up our weather unit by working with weather maps, including high pressure fronts, low pressure fronts, cold fronts and warm fronts.  

Math: We are moving right along into our third week of long division. I was very pleased with the amount of students that are grasping this skill. Remember to use www.dreambox.com to review math skills. Parent letters along with usernames and passwords were sent home prior to the holiday break. We will be using this fun and interactive math program in the classroom. 

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, 1/30/20 International Night  6:00 – 7:30 PM – fourth grade students will be performing! Please return the slip that went home last week indicating if your child will be able to make it to the performance. 

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January 6

Happy New Year…Welcome Back!

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Welcome back to all! Today was a very busy day back to school. I enjoyed listening to everyone share their stories about the break with the class. We had a few sleepy friends, but I know that we’ll be ready to rock and roll on Tuesday.

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MATH: NBT.6 Whole number quotients and remainders (long division)… Students will be able to find whole number quotients and remainders with up to  four digit dividends and one-digit divisors using strategies based on place value.

Please continue to have your child work on www.xtramath.org if they still struggle with their multiplication/division facts. They must know their facts through 12 by memory. We will also be using www.dreambox.com which covers all of the 4th grade math state standards. This website is great for review and helps to give students the extra practice needed on the standards that they may struggle with. All students have their username and password glued on the inside of their agenda. For more information, please read the parent letter that went home prior to break.

READING: RI.5 Describe the overall text structure of a text (compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, description, and chronological order.

Writing/Grammar: W2 Informative/Explanatory writing;  ELACC4L1a. Student will be able to identify and use relative adverbs and relative pronouns.

  • Relative Adverbswhen, where, why, how, whatever, wherever
  • Relative Pronouns: that, which, whom, who, whoever, whomever, whichever

Spelling News: please click on the Spelling and Vocabulary List (orange tab) to the right for more details.

SCIENCE: S4E4 Identify and explain how various weather instruments are used to measure and predict the weather.

December 20

Holiday Party Fun of 2019!

We’d like to thank Emma’s mom, Kristin, for organizing and facilitating a well-planned, fun-filled Holiday Class Party!! We’d also like to thank Bella’s mom, Brittany, for supplying the materials needed for the ornament craft! Special thanks to Mrs. Armstead and Mrs. Farmer for stopping by to help out; extra hands were definitely needed. I believe the children had a great time!!


December 9

News for the Week of 12/9/19 and 12/16/19

What we’re learning up until Christmas Break…

Writing: W.1 Use reasons and information to support an opinion

Grammar: L1.g Spell and use the correct frequently confused words such as: to, two, too, there, their, they’re…

Reading: RI.9 Integrate information from 2 texts on the same topic in order to write/speak about the subject knowledgeably

Math: MD.3 Review area and perimeter;  MD.8 rectilinear figures- use formulas to find the area and the perimeter of rectangles

Science: S4E3 Explain how water moves across the earth and how the changing states of water contribute to the water cycle

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Holiday Shop: Our shopping day / time is Tuesday, Dec. 10th @ 8-8:30 am or they can shop this week Mon.-Thurs. 7:15-7:45 am.

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We wanted to send a HUGE shout out to all of the parents that donated money to our Braves themed raffle basket. We also want to give a special THANK YOU to Emma’s mom, Mrs. Colquitt, for putting our basket together! I appreciate all of your contributions!!!

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The following students will represent our class in the 4th and 5th grade school Spelling Bee on January 10, 2020. Way to GOOOO!!!

  • Christion Jordon- Classroom Winner
  • Paris Johnson- Classroom Runner-up

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Important Dates to Remember:

  •  12/13 STEAM Day
  •  12/16 Holiday Character Day
  •  12/17 Holiday Hat Day
  •  12/18 Holiday Socks Day
  •  12/19 Holiday Sweater Day, Class Party 9:30-10:45 am, Early Release Day
  •  12/20 Pajama Day, Sing Along, Early Release Day
  •  12/23/19 – 1/3/20 Vacation
December 3

International Night Information

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The School Culture Committee is looking for volunteers to represent countries at this year’s event on January 30, 2020. To sponsor a country, you put together a table display that can be simple or elaborate. Most displays include posters, artifacts, books, music, or videos, etc. Some hosts bring small food items or giveaways for students.
• Are you from a different country and would like to share your background?
• Have you traveled abroad and would like to share your experience?
• Would you like to research another country as a family?
If you said “YES,” you could be one of this year’s country sponsors!  You do not have to be from that country to put together a display! Some classrooms, Girls Scout or Boy Scout Troops, or just groups of families put together a display for fun as an extra learning project. Some families put together displays about places where they have lived and traveled for work.


December 2

News for the Week of 12/2/19

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What we’re learning:

Math – Multiplication comparisons and we will continue to focus on the same strategies (area model, distributive property, algorithm) but with larger numbers.

Reading – We are continuing with non-fiction text and will focus on referring to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Students will explain how visuals (text features) support a text and help readers better understand the subject.

Writing – We are going to analyze examples of opinion writing and determine the characteristics of good writing.

Grammar – We will be learning about complete and compound subjects and predicates.

Science – Students will differentiate between the states of water and how they relate to the water cycle.


December 2

Dinner with Santa & Raffle Basket

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Our class is putting together an Atlanta Braves Basket for the Dinner with Santa raffle! Our room mom, Mrs. Colquitt (Emma’s mom) is getting everything together to make our basket one of the best, but she needs your help! A flyer with detailed information went home prior to the break. We are asking that each family donates $5-$10 dollars to go towards the cost of our basket; however, any amount would be very helpful.  Donations are due by December 5th. Thank you in advance for making a donation!

Dinner With Santa is this Friday from 5 – 8pm!! 5 – 5:30 is reserved for students and families with special sensory needs. The deadline for dinner orders has been extended through Monday (12/2) at 6pm. The event is free to attend even if not ordering dinner. We’ll have several free activities like games and crafts. We’ll be selling tickets that can be used for the basket raffle and to purchase coffee, cocoa, desserts, and a few special activities. We also plan to have the grand opening of our Holiday Shop (class shopping will take place the following week – more info to come).

Details and online ordering: https://ptsapitner.com/events/dinner-with-santa/

We are in need of some donations and lots of volunteers. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!

Volunteer Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/DWSvolunteers

Donation Sign-Up: bit.ly/Dwsdonations

We also need the following items for crafts:


-Scraps of fabric (plaid or holiday colors/patterns)

-Old puzzles (it’s ok if pieces are missing)

November 19

Quick Reminders…

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  • Cobb Youth Museum trip on 11/20/19…Please wear your red 4th grade t-shirt.
  • 11/20/19 Progress Reports (please sign and return)…Be sure to view your child’s grades weekly on Parent Vue. Keeping abreast of your child’s grades, will help you to avoid surprises. 
  • 11/21/19 American Revolution Test
November 12

American Revolution Test on 11/21/19

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American Revolutionary War

Study Guide Test Date: Thursday – 11/21/19

  • The colonists were upset about the new taxes because they didn’t have representation in parliament to help decide the taxes.
  • “The shot heard ‘round the world” took place at Lexington.
  • General George Washington and his troops spent the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge.
  • King George III taxed the colonies.
  • Benedict Arnold began fighting for the Patriots and later switched to the British side for money and a higher ranking.
  • Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense.
  • Boycott– the refusal to buy, sell, or use certain goods.
  • Quartering Act– colonists were forced to provide food, housing, and supplies to British soldiers.
  • Sugar Act– placed on many goods; the first tax placed on the colonists.
  • Intolerable Acts– this law closed Boston Harbor until all the money from the tea dumped into the harbor was paid.
  • Boston Massacre– Crispus Attucks and 5 other colonists were killed.
  • Tea Tax– British East India Co. sold tea at a low price, although the tax was very high.
  • Boston Tea Party– colonists dressed up as Native Americans and dumped British tea chests in the harbor.
  • Townshend Acts– taxed lead, paint, glass, and tea.
  • Stamp Act– taxed most paper goods.
  • The Declaration of Independence– was a document that freed the colonies from British rule.
  • Treaty of Paris– was a document that ended the Revolutionary War.
  • Yorktown– Gen. Cornwallis surrendered at this battle.
  • The first fighting began at Lexington and Concord.
  • The first major battle of the Revolutionary War was at Bunker Hill.
  • Battle of Saratoga- was the turning point of the war.
  • Trenton– was where Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.